Former Boise State safety Chanceller James, an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, is making a name for himself in training camp, but an incident Tuesday nearly jeopardized his health.
James and fellow rookie Donavin Newsom, a linebacker, collided going for an interception. James slowly rose to his feet, but Newsom remained motionless. Practice was stopped as Newsom was taken off the field in an ambulance, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said afterward that Newsom was taken to the hospital, but was conscious, moving his extremities, as he was taken away.
The team later announced that Newsom sustained a concussion but no cervical spine fractures.
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“Chance and Donavin both broke on (the pass),” safety Eric Reid said, noting that the veterans tried to calm a distraught James after the collision. “They just ran into each other.”
The Bee noted that “both Newsom and James are part of a promising group of undrafted rookies who have made their marks with the 49ers this summer.” James was one of just three players signed out of a 56-man tryout in May. He has been impressive in camp, creating turnovers aplenty.
He led Boise State with three interceptions last season after an offseason incident in which a portion of his ear was bitten off in an altercation with a teammate.
BOISE STATE PLAYERS IN THE NFL
▪ RB, Jay Ajayi, No. 23 Miami Dolphins
▪ C, Travis Averill, No. 61 Atlanta Falcons
▪ LB, Kamalei Correa, No. 51 Baltimore Ravens
▪ DL, Tyrone Crawford, No. 98 Dallas Cowboys
▪ DB, Donte Deayon, No. 38 New York Giants
▪ S, Lee Hightower, No. 39 Indianapolis Colts (played 2011-12, finished at Houston)
▪ S, George Iloka, No. 43 Cincinnati Bengals
▪ S, Chanceller James, No. 43 San Francisco 49ers
▪ S, Jeron Johnson, No. 23 Jacksonville Jaguars
▪ DE, DeMarcus Lawrence, No. 90 Dallas Cowboys
▪ OL, Charles Leno Jr., No. 72 Chicago Bears
▪ RB, Doug Martin, No. 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
▪ DE, Sam McCaskill, No. 66 Minnesota Vikings
▪ LB, Shea McClellin (Marsing High), No. 58 New England Patriots
▪ RB, Jeremy McNichols, No. 33 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
▪ QB, Kellen Moore, No. 17 Dallas Cowboys
▪ CB, Jonathan Moxey, No. 41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
▪ G/T, Rees Odhiambo, No. 70 Seattle Seahawks
▪ C, Matt Paradis (Council High), No. 61 Denver Broncos
▪ CB, Orlando Scandrick, No. 32 Dallas Cowboys
▪ DB, Jamar Taylor, No. 21 Cleveland Browns
▪ FS, Darian Thompson, No. 27 New York Giants
▪ LB, Tanner Vallejo, No. 40 Buffalo Bills
▪ DE, Billy Winn, No. 97 Denver Broncos